By Kyle Casey, Staff Writer
The draft is just over two weeks away and unlike previous years, there’s still no indication of what will happen, even with the first overall pick. However, that doesn’t prevent mock drafts from being made, so here is my latest and possibly final mock draft before the draft kicks off on April 25.
Note: trades are not included in this because there’s simply no way of knowing which teams are considering trading up or down and who that team’s trade partner will be.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
This pick appears to be between Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel. Fisher is my top offensive tackle and I believe the Chiefs may possibly feel the same way.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Jaguars have made no attempts to upgrade the quarterback position so far this offseason, making it appear as if Geno Smith is their target here.
3. Oakland Raiders: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
The Raiders desperately need to add talent on defense and the versatile Dion Jordan can help with that problem.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
The Eagles could address defense with this pick, but Luke Joeckel’s talent is too good to pass up.
5. Detroit Lions: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The run of offensive tackles continues as the Lions take the athletic Lane Johnson to fill the void at left tackle.
6. Cleveland Browns: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
Despite adding Paul Kruger, the Browns still need another edge rusher and Barkevious Mingo fills that void.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
This would be a bit of a reach, but with the top three offensive tackles gone, the Cardinals may look to add some talent on defense, making the versatile Kenny Vaccaro an option.
8. Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
While the Bills added Kevin Kolb, they will likely still select a quarterback early in the draft.
9. New York Jets: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
The Jets have a solid young group of defensive linemen. Adding Ekeziel Ansah could make New York’s defensive line one of the best in the league sooner than later.
10. Tennessee Titans: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Titans desperately need to add impact players on defense, and Star Lotulelei can fulfill that role along the Tennessee defensive line.
11. San Diego Chargers: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
While the Chargers have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, the offense as a whole also lacks a true playmaker. Insert Tavon Austin.
12. Miami Dolphins: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Dolphins will likely target Dee Milliner on draft day. They could trade up to get him, but since trades aren’t included in this mock, the Dolphins take him with the 12th pick.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
If the Buccaneers fail to acquire Darrelle Revis, then cornerback will surely be the top target with this pick.
14. Carolina Panthers: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
This could be a bit of a reach, but Jonathan Cooper is a perfect fit in the run-heavy Carolina offense.
15. New Orleans Saints: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Transitioning to a 3-4 defense means the Saints need to add talented, versatile players along the front seven, which would make Sharrif Floyd an ideal pick.
16. St. Louis Rams: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
The Rams desperately need to improve the offensive line, and Chance Warmack is the best lineman still on the board.